Miami Falls To Butler, 61-48
Nov. 27, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--Behind 40 second-half points, Butler University's men's basketball team topped Miami University 61-48 to drop the RedHawks to 2-1 on the season and move the Bulldogs to 3-0.
The teams were tied going into the half after a dunk by Brandon Polk as time expired evened the score, 21-21. Butler outscored Miami 40-27 in the second half to seize the 13-point win.
Miami went on an 8-1 run over a 4:45 stretch midway through the first half to post a 15-12 lead by the 5:20 mark. Senior forward Danny Horace tossed in four points, while senior forward Tim Schenke added two points and an assist and senior guard Chet Mason tossed in a basket during the stretch. Butler battled back to tie the game at 17-17, 19-19 and finally 21-21 to round out the first 20 minutes of play.
Neither team was able to score for the first two and a half minutes of the game. But Butler quickly ended that trend as they surged to a 17-point lead by the 10:42 mark off a 21-4 flurry, highlighted by a quartet of treys. Miami was able to cut the Butler lead to 12 points by the 8:35 mark, 44-32, with help from five points by junior guard William Hatcher, but three more Bulldog three-pointers quickly put Miami at another 17-point disadvantage with 4:57 remaining, 54-37. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Doug Penno at the 2:19 mark pulled the RedHawks within 11 points, 56-45, but the Bulldog lead was too much to overcome as the RedHawks suffered a 61-48 loss and remain winless when facing the Bulldogs on their home court (0-6).
Horace led Miami with his third straight double-double of the season in as many games, knocking down a game-high-tying 16 points and leading all players with 10 boards. Hatcher was the only other RedHawk to score in double figures, tallying 12 points.
Butler had four players score in double figures, led by Jamie Smalligan and Bruce Horan with 16 points apiece. Avery Sheets followed with 11 points and eight assists, while A.J. Graves added 10 points.
Miami has little time to rest as it hosts alumnus Ron Niekamp and his high-octane Findlay team on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The Oilers, who enter Monday's contest with a 2-0 mark, are averaging 97.0 points per game and nearly knocked off Dayton in preseason action, falling by two points, 63-61.